Aliso Niguel Dance Team
Jillian has been dancing since the age of two. She started her training at Coast Ballet Theater and toured their performance of, “The Nutcracker”, throughout California and Nevada. She then extended her training at the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson performing, “The nutcracker” at various well known venues for two years. For four years she competed with the Aliso Niguel High School Dance Team in the styles of jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. The ANHS Dance Team taught Jillian not only the competitive aspects of dance, but how teamwork and determination are just as important as talent and technique. Jillian won several national titles in both group performances and as a soloist, including the title of Miss Dance/Drill International 2006. After high school, Jillian stayed with the high school dance team as an assistant coach. She also continued competing with OCC’s undefeated dance team, winning three national titles in one year and earning a scholarship and a spot in the first ever, “Dance World Championships.” As a member of the PACE All Stars, Jillian won the Dance World Championship in 2007. Her love for the art of contemporary dance brought her to RhetOracle Dance Company, based out of Long Beach, CA. She is now both coaching the ANHS Dance Team and dancing with a professional contemporary company.
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Dance Team Advisor/ Coach/ Choreographer
Mrs. Desiano is in her 21st year at Aliso Niguel High School. She has been teaching /coaching dance for the past 27 years. Mrs. Desiano began dancing as a child to help her as a competitive gymnast. She began taking studio dance classes after collage (in 1991), and has been dancing ever since.
Mrs. Desiano completed her AA degree at Citrus Community College in Glendora California, where she was a part of their Dance Company (1986-1988). Mrs. Desiano continued her education at Cal State Long Beach
where she obtained her degree in Physical Education (1988-1991). While at CSULB she was part of the Spirit Team for two years. She then furthered her education at Cal State San Bernardino (1999-2000) and completed a Masters in Education.
At Aliso Niguel High School Mrs. Desiano currently teaches Dance, Tennis PE, and PE9. She was a finalist for Orange County Dance Teacher of the year in 2006 and 2008. Mrs. Desiano believes that teamwork is the essences of a winning program. She hopes that this years team believes in one another and will aspire to work as one. Mrs. Desiano resides in San Clemente with her Husband of 20 years, Tom, a teacher and Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Dana Hills High School, and has two children. Her daughter, Maddi, is a freshman at UCLA and her son, Tommy, a sophomore at Dana Hills High School.